VCU celebrates Richmond's bicentennial
as the capital of Virginia with a series of
vignettes on people who helped shape
Richmond's history — page 3
Spring 1980 Volume 9 Number 1
Richmond Vignettes 3
Dr. Lynn L. Sims, executive director of the Richmond Independetice Bicentennial
Commission, provides glimpses into the lives of people who were a part of Richmond's
VCU — An Urban University 6
A universiti/ is distinguished by its aims which result from historical development,
location and its hopes for the future.
You've Come A Long Way, Baby! 10
Parents of children in the MCVH nezvborn intensive care unit become part of the
unit for a little while.
Digging Up the Past 13
"Archaeology is the science of garbage," according to Dr. Stephen M. Perlman.
A Special Program 16
A model program is providing new ami innovative curricula for special children.
Did You Know 22
Whatever Happened To 25
Nancy J. Hartman, Editor
James L. Dunn, Director of Alumni Activities
Nancy P. Williams, Assistant to the Director
Mary Margaret C. Fosmark, Alumni Records Officer
VCU Magazine is published quarterly for alumni and friends of Virginia
Commonwealth University, Alumni Activities Office, Richmond, Virginia
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Copyright © 1979 by Virginia Commonwealth University
Opinions expressed in VCU Magazine are those of the author or person being interviewed
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Credits; Charlie Martin, design; Bob Strong, pages 2, 13, 15(1), 16, 17, 19(rt,rb); Beverly
Brown, University Graphics, pages 3-5; Cyane Lowden, pages 10-12; Rob Hunter, pages
14, 15(rb); Daniel Mouer, page 15(rt); courtesy Richmond Public Schools, pages 18, 19(1);
Bob Hart, page 20; Jack Williams, page 22; Charlotte Parks, pages 25, 26(b); Margaret Brown,
pages 26(t), 27, 28; Linda Shepard, University Graphics, page 32; Seewee Chua (concept)
and David W. Graves (illustration). University Graphics, travel.
Cover: The cover was designed by Beverly Brown, a student in the University Graphics
Class, Department of Communication Arts and Design.
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By Dr. Lynn L. Sims
William Byrd II
In 1671, William Byrd inherited a great amount of
property at the Falls of the James from his uncle,
Thomas Stegg, Jr. WilUam married and moved to
this frontier region, and in 1674 his first born child
was named William Byrd II. The boy left Virginia at
age 7 to be educated in London and did not return to
Westover plantation until 1696. After his father's
death in 1705, Byrd II inherited 26,000 acres which
included six plantations and a good trading post; all
in the area of Richmond.
William Byrd II was well educated, a member of
the Royal Society, and a man who spoke several
languages. He was one of the most brilliant men of
However, this gifted man was not the founder of
Richmond by choice. As early as May 1727 he wrote
to the Virginia House of Burgesses that it had no
right making him give up 50 acres at the Falls to
build a town. He wanted to keep the land in
agriculture or preserve a natural state that would
benefit his hunting and trapping business. He was
forced to yield in 1733, when he chose the spot and
named the future town Richmond.
The Revolutionary War helped to make Richmond
the capital of the state and as a result many people
moved here. In 1782 the population was large
enough to petition for a charter of incorporation
from the General Assembly. It was granted and an
election was held July 2, 1782 with twelve property
holders selected for Common Hall (City Council).
From that group. Dr. William Foushee was chosen to
be Richmond's first mayor.
During Richmond's early years, British officers,
who were POWs, had been paroled on their
word of honor. They mingled daily with people
and apparently had few restrictions. Someone
thought Foushee was too friendly with one of
these paroled officers and a fight ensured. Thomas
Anburh, a British officer, recorded that the fellow
quarreling with Foushee flew at him, and in an
instant tore his eye out, but was prevented from
plucking it out entirely.
Since such "gouging" was common practice,
many men in the city grew their thumb nails to a
two-inch length. Such was the life in early
Richmond and for its first mayor, Foushee.
Marshall was perhaps the worst-dressed man who
ever rose to national prominence. His slovenly attire
and his complete indifference to amenities were
marked characteristics throughout his long life. In
addition, his movements were awkward and gan-
gling, his voice hard and dry, and when he spoke
publicly his gestures were stiff and inept.
Ail the more remarkable, then, is the fact that John
Marshall was not only Richmond's first citizen for
many years, but also one of the greatest Chief
Justices in America's history. The tremendous force
of his intellect and character was widely recognized,
while his keen sense of humor and utter lack of
pretense endeared him to his friends. Additionally,
his handsome face and fine dark eyes were
An event in the early 1800s serves to illustrate his
informality and love of fun. He was Chief Justice at
the time, but his dress was, of course, uncouth as he
loitered on the fringes of Richmond's market. Taking
him for a yokel, a stranger approached him with a
newly bought turkey and asked him to carry it.
Marshall took the bird and sauntered along behind
the man. When they arrived at the latter's destina-
tion, the stranger tendered a coin. There are
conflicting versions as to whether the Chief Justice
accepted the gratuity or declined it. Regardless,
Richmond nearly split its sides over the episode.*
himself mailed to friends in Philadelphia.
His escape was successful but painful, since the
train took several days to make the journey. From
then on he was known as "Box" Brown and became
quite a popular speaker in the North.
Judge John Jeter Crutchfield presided at the
Richmond police court from 1888 to 1920. Justice was
dispersed daily, beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m.,
with generous portions of humor and wisdom.
"Justice John" was a small man who never tired of
telling how as a lad in the 4th Virginia Cavalry he
had led "Stonewall" Jackson to the Union flank at
the Battle of Gaines' Mill.
He was generally anti-lawyer and his court sailed
through even the longest of dockets with astonish-
ing speed. His two most popular statements were
"I'm not going to put this man in jail just because
you policemen brought him in here," and "get out
of here" meaning case dismissed.
He was reputed to be hard on blacks and often
gave a 30-day sentence simply because the defen-
dant was from North Carolina. However, Giles
Jackson, the famous black attorney, had a high
regard for the judge.
Crutchfield saw all the dodges, even women
bringing borrowed babies to court in an effort to get
sympathy. When a certain offense seemed to be
growing in popularity he would say that the next
person convicted of that crime would receive severe
punishment. He normally kept his word and that
type of crime usually diminished. He also believed
that a woman had more right to quarrel with a
man than a man had to quarrel with a woman.
Many slaves tried to escape the South, but none
perhaps so uniquely as a Richmonder named Henry
Brown. In 1848 Brown and unnamed local ac-
complices constructed a box 3' X 2' X 2V2'. Brown
then got in the box with a small food supply and had
Maggie Walker was born in 1867 to Elizabeth
Draper, a former house slave and cook of the
wealthy Richmond spinster and Union svmpathizer,
Elizabeth Van Lew. She graduated from Armstrong
'Adapted from Ridiniond, pp. 43-44, by V. Dabney.
Normal School in 1883 at age 16. Later she married
Armstead Walker and was the mother of two sons.
She became secretary-treasurer of the United
Order of St. Luke in 1899, a position she held until
her death. The Order of St. Luke prospered under
her direction. It began publishing a newspaper in
March 1902 and opened the St. Luke Penny Savings
Bank in May 1903, when Walker became the first
woman bank president in the U.S.
Maggie Walker asked, "Isn't there some way of
raising our pride of race? . . . the Negro is so
wedded to those who oppress him that he carries to
their bank every dollar he can get his hands upon
and then goes back the next day, borrows and pays
the white man to lend him his own money."
Depression forced Mrs. Walker's bank to merge
with other black-owned banks forming the Consoli-
dated Bank and Trust Company in January 1930.
Maggie Walker became chairman of the board and
remained so until her death in 1934.
Today, Consolidated Bank in downtown
Richmond is the oldest continuously active black
bank in the nation.
black cloth. Later, in 1973, a statue of Robinson was
placed near the traffic lights, the first statue in
Richmond — or Virginia — of a black person.
Bill Robinson was orphaned at age seven and
went to live with a grandmother, but she was unable
to care for the boy. Judge Crutchfield took Bill to live
with him until other arrangements could be made.
"Bojangles" eventually became an outstanding tap
dancer on stage and screen. In 1937, he was named
actor of the year and his trademark became the
famous "dance on the stairs."
As a star, he never broke contact with Richmond.
He even paid for traffic lights to be installed near an
all-black school at the corner of Adams and Leigh,
after some accidents occurred there. This was well
before the city had planned for their installation.
Robinson made millions but was generous to a
fault, giving great sums to charity. He had lived a
hard life, as the many scars on his body indicated.
At his death in 1949, the whole city was saddened,
and the traffic lights he donated were draped with
Nancy Langhorne, one of eleven children, lived
many years on Grace Street in Richmond, and she
had her debutant ball here in 1897. She eventually
married Waldorf Astor, grandson of John Jacob
Astor of New York, and moved to England in the
early 1900s. Later, she became the first woman to
serve in the British Parliament; from 1919 to 1945 she
represented the area of Sutton, which is a part of
She despised liquor and took every opportunity to
lecture those who used it, including Joseph Stalin
and Winston Churchill. Her most famous exchange
with Churchill occured when she told him, "If you
were my husband I'd poison your coffee." To which
he replied, "Madam, if you were my wife, I'd drink
it." She saw Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis)
take a drink in 1953 and observed "too bad it isn't
poison." She also told Joseph Stalin that he should
prohibit the sale of vodka in Russia. History doesn't
record his response.
Lady Astor loved Virginia and its tradition as
much as she hated liquor. At the 1893 Chicago
World's Fair a band had just finished playing
"Marching through Georgia" when Nancy stood up
and called for three cheers for Robert E. Lee. She got
them. In 1926 she gave to Virginia a 16th century
portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (which hangs in the
governor's outer office) to remind Virginia ladies
that Queen Elizabeth always put her country first
and that Virginia women were to be courageous.
She died in 1964 at age 84.
Dr. Lynn L. Sims, executive director of the Richmond
Independence Bicentennial Commission, provided these
glimpjses into the lives of people zvho helped make
Richmond the city it is today.
VCCl— An Urban University
Urban universities have always
had their detractors. When the
University College in London was
founded in 1826, its establishment
aroused much hostility and pro-
duced doggerel such as this:
But let then not babble of Greek
to the rabble,
Nor teach the Mechanics their
The labouring classes were born
to be asses.
And not to be aping their
When the Wayne Commission
was formed in 1967 to make a
recommendation on the feasibility
of establishing a major university
in Richmond, there were many
questions to be answered relative
to the need for an "urban"
The Commission was quite
clear that the new university
would be urban by reporting,
"There is common recognition of
the significant difference between
a university which has an address
in a metropolitan area and one
whose essential purposes are in-
tertwined with the social order of
which it is a part. A traditional
university can as well be located
in the countryside as in a met-
ropolitan complex. In neither case
does it confront on an intellectual
and practical level the social envi-
ronment which surrounds it. A
true urban university must pro-
vide for this confrontation."
The Commission's recommen-
dation, Virginia Commonwealth
University, a merger of the Medi-
cal College of Virginia and the
Richmond Professional Institute,
was designed to be a university
not only in the community, but
also of the community.
The Commission emphasized,
"what distinguishes a university
is not so much the degree of its
endorsement of broad goals of
higher education, but rather the
nature of its more specific aims,
resulting from its historical de-
velopment, its location, and its
hopes for the future, which shape
and fashion its particular pur-
poses and individual goals."
VCU's history has been en-
twined with that of the City of
Richmond. The 1839 catalogue of
the Hampton-Sydney College
medical department, which be-
came MCV, stated that the loca-
tion was central in the state, had a
good climate and "this city
[Richmond] furnishes a most
abundant supply of subjects for
dissections and surgical opera-
tions on the dead body."
The other partner in the
merger, RPI, was "the first of its
kind in the South" and a
downtown location was necessary
because the plan of instructton
provided that in every depart-
ment not only lectures, classwork,
and laboratory work would be
used (as in conventional colleges),
but also "field work" and "practi-
cal" or "clinical" experience. The
first RPI catalogue, in 1919, stated
the school would be a strictly
urban educational institution and
would make use of the resources
of the city in the education
process. The historical traditions
of yesterday are kept alive today
as the 1980 catalogue for the
university states, "Shadents chose
to shady at VCU for a variety of
reasons. Perhaps the most com-
pelling is the university's urban
The broad range of VCU's
appeal to both students and fac-
ulty lies in the university's
uniqueness, according to Dr.
Wayne C. Hall, assistant vice-
president of academic affairs.
"From medicine to accounting to
painting, the appeal is to the
young aspiring professional, the
practicing professional seeking
new information or broadening,
and to the part-time shident
seeking a change of career, or
simply an enlightening educa-
tional experience. This widespan
of appeal is enriched by the close
to twenty educational programs
that are unique in the state."
But what does this mean to you
and to the future of your alma
mater? First, if you live in the
Richmond area, the Medical Col-
lege of Virginia plays an im-
portant role in health care de-
livery, with the MCV Hospitals
being the largest general health
care hospital in Virginia, serving
over 31,000 patients each year.
Further, the educational pro-
grams produce health care pro-
fessionals which serve local,
regional and national health care
needs. MCV has also been the
setring for major medical break-
throughs and innovative medical
techniques, which can affect all
of us. These include kidney and
heart transplants and regional
centers for burn treatment and
head trauma services.
The academic campus, of
course, has direct impact on the
Richmond area. But part of this
campus, the Evening College, one
of the largest in the nation, offers
an additional 1,700 credit courses,
and more than 5,900 students are
enrolled for these "after hour"
classes. Additionally, VCU's Divi-
sion of Continuing Studies and
Public Service, in conjunction
with the various schools of the
university, offers numerous
courses, workshops, institutes
and seminars on specific profes-
sional topics and for cultural
But newspaper articles report
that universities will have to
"tighten their purse strings" and
stop non-essential programs, due
to a predicted decline in student
enrollment. What about VCU?
According to the State Council
of Higher Education for Virginia
university enrollments in the
18-21 year old population are
leveling off statewide. But the
18-34 year old population will
increase by 63,000. "Obviously,
whatever enrollment growth there
is in Virginia higher education
will come from older students,"
according to Dr. Gordon K.
Davies, director of the State
Council for Higher Education,
"many of whom will attend col-
leges and universities part-time.
"Almost all of Virginia's popu-
lation growth will occur in four
places: Northern Virginia,
Roanoke, Norfolk and surround-
ing cities and Richmond. We
project about 40,000 more stu-
dents in higher education by 1985,
most of them older and part-time,
and 36,000 of them from the four
urban places just mentioned."
"Our strength is that we are an
urban university and that we can
utilize the Richmond area for
instructive purposes," says Hall,
this "means VCU can accommo-
date the future needs of students.
This is because the university's
current and projected program
emphasis is in those disciplines
needed in Richmond and the
"VCU is also projected to have
an increase in enrollment, largely
due to part-time students in the
Graduate and Adult Continuing
Education program. The adult
student is our key to the increase.
Today, our student body already
reflects that the university is
meeting the needs of adult stu-
dents," notes Hall. "It is com-
posed of 89 percent Virginians, is
a blend of full-time, part-time,
resident and commuter with an
average age of 26.4 and an age
range from 16 to 72."
Yet Davies states that "the
urban university is not a place,
but an idea being worked out
everyday in the homes, public
places and businesses of the city."
Does VCU do this? For an
answer please turn the page.
YouVe Come A Long Way,Baby!
Green curtains with orange and
yellow teddy bears line the halls
of 3 South, the newborn intensive
care unit, in North Hospital. And
a special place, the "parents
room", decorated by the nurses
and doctors, picks up the same
bright, happy colors. On one wall
of the room, yellow fantasy ani-
mals eat huge orange carrots,
while lime green gingham cur-
tains cover the window, and a
large stuffed dog "welcomes"
This room is special, because
parents with a child in the 3
South unit have a place to be
alone with their baby.
Other sights also attract atten-
tion. A doll dressed in pink, a
teddy bear, a crocheted mouse,
and other toys either dangle
above or sit in corners of the
isoletes and cribs.
With the addition of curtains
and toys the unit's appearance
has changed drastically from the
cold, white environment normally
associated with intensive care
units. These changes have oc-
cured because of a major change
in the medical profession's
philosophy toward sick new-
borns, according to Dr. Barry V.
Kirkpatrick, neonatologist and
During the past 15 years,
pediatricians in the United States
and Canada began to develop
special units for sick newborns.
"This change occured when
pediah-icians learned that sick
babies could survive and not have
physical or mental problems. Be-
fore that time physicians weren't
too aggressive in treating sick or
premature infants," says Kirkpat-
rick. "A baby would be placed in
an incubator, but if the child had
no way to swallow or breathe
properly, it died. If a sick babv
survived, it was miraculous."
According to Kirkpatrick, this
attitude prevailed because "sick
babies always died" and parents
expected many of their offspring
to die before reaching adulthood.
In the 1960s, research on new-
borns by Dr. Marshall Klause
from Cleveland helped to change
the way physicians viewed ne\\-
born patients. Klause reported
that infants received better care at
home if parents visited their
hospitalized child. His research
showed that these parents were
less fearful of handUng their baby,
that less child abuse occured, and
that the infant-mother bond was
Parents are encouraged to visit
their newborns in the 3 South
unit, and visiting hours average
20 hours a day. Visits are
restricted only during "rounds",
examinations, or when a medical
procedure is being performed.
Parents are also encouraged to
touch their newborn and, as soon
as possible, hold the baby. Later,
parents can take part in feeding
the infant and learn how to take
care of medical procedures. "In
some ways the hospital is making
use of the parent, but the parent
and the child both benefit
greatly," says Kirkpatrick. "In
many instances the baby leaves
the hospital early because the
parents know how to give medi-
cations or take care of a colostomy
and change the bag."
But what was true years ago is
still true today, the highest death
risk for infants is the first day,
then the second, with the risk
diminishing throughout the first
year of life.
The unit, one of three com-
prehensive neonatal units in the
state, has the facilities to care for
40 babies at one time. Admissions
total 800 to 900 a year, making the
unit the largest in the state. All
Richmond hospitals and hospitals
in a region that extends from
Fredericksburg to Newport News,
and southward to Emporia send
babies to the MCV unit.
"Newborns within the region,
who have a respiratory, heart,
surgical, or neurological problem,
are sent here immediately,"
To facilitate in moving infants
from hospitals to MCVH, the unit
operates a transport service,
which is staffed by an intensive
care physician and nurse.
Since the unit only handles
critical newborn infants referred
from hospitals, older infants, or
those referred by a family physi-
cian or brought in by parents are
referred to MCV's pediatric divi-
The unit is divided into three
sections, each housed in a sepa-
rate room. The sectional division
is based on the amount of
monitoring and medical care
needed by an infant. The critical
section of the unit has one nurse,
an R.N. or L.P.N., for every two
infants, with intermediate care
having a ratio of one nurse to four
infants. Finally, the convalescent
section, or as one nurse called it,
"the almost ready to go home
room", has one nurse for every
five to six babies.
Additionally, a huge auxiliary
staff is needed for the unit. This
staff includes a specially trained
respiratory therapist, and special
laboratory and radiology back up
"Improved equipment and
techniques and new knowledge
of disease processes, including a
better understanding of the com-
plexities of the problems, have
changed the workings of the
unit," says Susie Jones, R.N. and
head nurse on 3 South.
All three rooms are crowded
with monitoring equipment, IV's,
medical personnel and the toys.
Incubators and isoletes are still
used, but some infants, including
most of the babies in the critical
section, have cribs. The critical
newborns sleep under individual
radiant warmers, which are con-
trolled by the baby's skin temper-
ature, and receive oxygen through
an Oxyhood. This device, which
looks like a clear plastic cake cove
and rests on the crib mattress ove
the baby's head, delivers the
appropriate oxygen mix.
Most of the babies, except the
premature infants, leave the unit
within three weeks of admission,
but the unit has had some chil-
dren for as long as one year.
Other services besides medical
are available to families who have
a child in the unit. A social
worker is on duty to assist
families in obtaining assistance
from community support systems
and works with families who have
a socially or developmentally de-
In addition, a public health
nurse works with health depart-
ments in the region to ensure that
all discharged babies receive pro-
per medical care.
One addition to the hall of 3
South reflects the change in new-
born intensive care more than
anything else. Hundreds of
photographs of the "alumni of 3
South" cover a bulletin board,
sent bv parents who became part
of the unit for a little while.
"Archaeology is the science of
garbage," says Dr. Stephen M.
Perlman, assistant professor of
sociology and anthropology.
"This study of historic and prehis-
toric relics, mostly found in
dumps, privy holes and old house
sites, gives scientists a better
understanding of human behavior
and a way to predict directions for
the long term survival of society.
"The question archaeologists
must address is, 'How does soci-
ety evolve?' " states Perlman.
"We are trying to find out why
society developed the way it did,
since society hasn't really pro-
gressed in terms of energy usage
"A hunter-gatherer in the de-
sert during a drought year only
had to work six or seven hours a
week in the dry season to have
enough food and clothing. And in
the Richmond area people may
have worked less, since the
Richmond area is one of the few
areas in the world where hunters
and gatherers and subsistence
agriculturalists had a highly
productive environment. This can
be contrasted with the modern
40-hour plus work week. Our
work in the Richmond area is to
Rob Hunter, laboratory assistant and chief excavator for the Corps ot Eiigiiurrs project, and Dr.
Stephen M. Perlman, assistant professor ofsociolog\/ and anthropology, examine artifacts from the Corps
of Engineer project.
determine the choices people
make when they have surplus
resources and don't need to
change for survival," continues
To help answer these and other
questions. Congress passed the
National Environmental Policy
Act of 1969. This act protects
"information not written in re-
cords, because this is the only
way we can learn certain things
about human life," adds L. Daniel
Mouer, an instructor in the De-
partment of Sociology and An-
Mouer heads the Regional Pre-
servation Office headquartered at
VCU. This office, funded through
the Virginia Research Center for
Archaeology in Williamsburg, the
archaeological branch of the Vir-
ginia Historic Landmarks Com-
mission, is responsible for preser-
vation in Richmond and in 18
The preservation office deter-
mines where significant ar-
chaeological sites may exist,
which are rare and which are
endangered by proposed con-
struction projects involving $5
million or more of federal or state
funds. Mouer emphasizes that his
role is to "work out a compromise
regarding site protection instead
of stopping the construction proj-
"The only preservation criteria
set up by the law is that if an
object, place or district has pro-
vided or may provide information
to history or archaeology it can be
designated an historical site. But
the archaeological community
must define what is useful," says
The VCU archaeologists are
currently handling about $150,000
worth of archaeological research
including a contract with Henrico
County and a project for the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, in
addition to the efforts co-
sponsored by the Landmarks
The Henrico County contract is
for an environmental impact as-
sessment of archaeological assets
which could be damaged by a
proposed sewage disposal plant
and 70 miles of pipeline.
"Within this project hundreds
of sites, from small villages to
large deposits, have given us an
early 19th century pottery kiln, a
prohibition era whiskey still, many
trash dumps, 200 year old drain-
age ditches and canals, and 18th
and 19th century house sites. All
are being evaluated in terms of
their research potential and value
to the county," says Mouer.
Additionally, the Corps of En-
gineers project, directed by
L. Danid Mouer, Jicad of till Rigional Prcscivatioii OffiLL iiiid iw^lniitor in sociology and aullirop^ologii, tatalogucs artifacts fioni a Coocldaiid
Perlman, is to explore potentially
significant archaeological sites
being impacted by plans for a
flood wall along the Jan^es River.
To begin work for the Land-
marks Commission the ar-
chaeologists looked for a section
of their region which was likely to
present a cross section of sites.
The choice was a 75-mile section
along the banks of the James
River, roughly from the
Fluvanna-Goochland County line
to the Charles City-Henrico
The work for the commission
involves an analysis of settlement
patterns of both historic and
prehistoric cultures to aid in pre-
dicting where others will be
found. One pattern became appa-
rent, the 19th century historic
sites and prehistoric settlements
from the Archaic period — dating
back 5,000 to 7,000 years— tend to
cluster in the uplands while colo-
nial and late Indian settlements
are more often grouped along
Mouer says work crews found
one series of late Archaic
campsites, the oldest dating back
about 4,000 years, that had "de-
bris literally covering every square
inch of 40 acres." The site also
included successive settlements
over a period of about 500 years.
"The biggest problem we have is
neither money nor a lack of sites,
but a shortage of trained person-
nel," says Perlman. "We hope to
put together a package to present
to the Richmond City Council
based on the City of Alexandria's
experience in treating the whole
city as an archaeological site. That
city has hundreds of trained
volunteers for digs. The Alexan-
dria project began as tradirional
archival research and grew to
include research in every corner
of the city."
The plan for Richmond would
include a listing of areas which
should be explored, such as the
Chimborazo Hospital, an analysis
of the economic benefits to
Richmond, because of the project's
results, and a review of the types
of information that might develop
from the research.
, Toward this goal the ar-
chaeologists have developed an
"Archaeology of Richmond" class
to be offered in the spring. The
class will look at how 18th and
19th century Richmond is being
replaced by new cultural forms
and will emphasize finding an-
swers to questions rather than
just saving artifacts.
Mouer says, "We think VCU
can become the interpreter of the
city's past for its current residents
and can lay a foundation for
Broken sherds of a cooking pol lie ui place on the fire hearth
wliere thei/ were left 2,500 years ago. This hearth, uncovered by
VCU arcJiaeologists and students in Henrico County, sits on top
of a filled-in storage pit. The pit is nearly 3,000 years old and
contains pieces of a storage vessel
Aneiu square is being prepared at a '^ite l huh a as determined to have
potential archaeological significance by the digging of a "test pit."
A^tukntp ; if -> tin Larth for a pli ito^raph of a '•tain lIulIus'
by the tape measure, both trowels and an identification tag.
A Special Program
A hand puppet, operated by teacher Gerahime Berry, attracts the attention of a youngster and is used to teach tlie child how
to "track" (foUoiu) an object.
A parent calls her daughter's
teacher on the telephone just
before school starts. The parent is
excited and explains an event
which occurred during the night.
After the conversation ends, the
teacher resumes a morning chat
with other teachers and an-
nounces that a student rolled over
in her sleep. The other teachers
raise their coffee mugs in salute
and another day of challenges and
rewards begins for the special
education teachers in the
Richmond Early Childhood Edu-
cation Program (RECEP).
The program, a cooperative
effort by the Richmond Public
Schools and the School of Educa-
tion Division of Educational Ser-
vices, differs from other programs
for disabled children in that both
infants and preschool children are
The program is funded, by a
grant from the Department of
Education, Bureau of Education
for the Handicapped, to VCU, to
provide a full educational oppor-
tunity for 25 severely /profoundly
handicapped children — children
who have at least one serious
handicap, or who have two or
more moderate handicaps.
The grant pays for two of the
four teachers, a full time occupa-
tional therapist and for the ad-
ministration of the program, with
the school system providing
equipment, space and the usual
The major concern of the school
system, according to Jo Ann
Marchant, the public school's
program specialist for severely
and profoundly handicapped stu-
dents and program coordinator, is
insuring that the program runs
consistently and "that the prob-
lems, which are mostly mechani-
cal, are ironed out."
The program seeks new cur-
ricula for the youngsters, who
would usually be institutionalized,
and attempts to help parents
become better home teachers of
There is no effective model in
the country for what RECEP is
attempting to do, according to Dr.
John W. Filler, assistant professor
of special education and program
director, but he also notes "the
program will fail if all we do is
provide a model.
"What the program needs to do
is develop a new and innovative
curriculum and a data base to
support that curriculum. The staff
must document everything, what
they do and the reasons why."
Admittance to the unit begins
by a physician's referral. Once a
child is referred, an assessment of
the youngster's abilities and dis-
abilities in social, self-help, lan-
guage, and communication skills
and motor development is made.
The assessment gives the teacher
an idea of where to begin with the
child, and a careful program is
designed based on the child's skill
levels. Each child has an indi-
vidual daily activity plan, and a
child can have as many as thirty
Teacher Connie Kasari instructs student practitioner Dana Gurano on titc way to place a child in a relaxed position. This fiosition can he
used as a base for reacliing and vocahzation training.
different programs in their plan.
The teachers have great latitude
in designing new programs, try-
ing new strategies and are en-
couraged to use more than one
method of intervention. The pro-
gram, which includes teachers,
parents, therapists, nurses,
cafeteria staff and custodians,
works as a team to insure that
each child's needs are met in a
precise manner to "get the child
to reach its maximum potential."
Most objectives are behavioral.
A child is taught to perform a
behavior and then must perform
that behavior a given number of
times on three successive days.
Once the child achieves that
behavior, the teacher moves to
the next task and the process
But much of the work is prepa-
ratory. If a child's muscles cannot
respond, the muscles are con-
ditioned, even tricked, into
working the desired way. One
student could not hold her head
in an upright position, so she was
held tummy down on top of a
huge ball. This forced her to use
her neck muscles, and less than a
month later she was holding her
head properly while in a sitting
"The students we are dealing
with have few verbalization skills
and cannot follow instructions.
We also don't have direct feed-
back from the youngsters and that
is extremely important," says
Geraldine Brandon, head teacher
at the Hickory Hill School where
the program is housed. "Addi-
tionally, we need more support
staff to assist in working with
these youngsters. For example, a
full-time nurse is needed to give
"Our major goal is to teach any
communication skill, whether it is
sign language, the use of a
communication board, or picture
cards hung on a child's belt.
These children have the capability
to know what is going on and
could express their needs, but do
not have the necessary body
coordination," says Brandon.
"Our task is to give them a way to
communicate these needs and
Parental involvement in the
program is essential, and parents
work closely with the teachers.
According to Dr. George O.
McClary, assistant superintendent
of special education for the
Richmond schools, "the parents
seem to be happy that something
is being done for their child and
are very positive toward the pro-
gram. One goal of the program is
to insure that the parents are
contributing to their chOd's de-
velopment. This is accomplished
by the teachers visiting each child
in its home and working with the
parents on the activities being
learned in school. The parents
continue these activihes at home
to reinforce schot^l lessons and,
therefore, have a direct impact on
their child's problem." The pre-
A member of the infant class is fed lunch while
in a relaxed position by teacher Connie Kasari.
The least restrictiiv equipment is used to teach children hoiv to walk.
A reflection in a mirror held by Geraldine Berry allows a student to follow he
own movements .
school children have at least two
home contacts a month and the
infants have one contact a week.
In addition, a morning parent
group meets once a month at the
school and every other month a
parent-teacher meeting takes
place. This last meeting combines
both social and educational ac-
tivities, with prepared programs
ranging from "Benefits of Sup-
plemental Security Income" to
"Opportunities for Your Child
After Age 21" being held.
The school also plans to open
a toy library for parents and at
times arranges for special equip-
ment to be used in the homes.
According to Brandon, the pro-
gram "necessitates that staff have
a wide variety of adaptable
equipment to meet student
needs." This equipment is pro-
vided by the school system
through the Department of Logis-
tical Services, and most could not
be purchased because each item
must be designed to meet a
The program also uses commu-
nity resources to assist families
and children. These include the
Cerebral Palsy Center, the Crip-
pled Children's Center, and the
Richmond Area Association for
Retarded Citizens and VCU's
School of Education. McClary and
Brandon both emphasized that
VCU and Richmond's special
education program have had a
long history of working together,
with VCU helping to design a
preschool handicapped program
and a resource program for the
learning disabled. Further, VCU
staff act as consultants to special
programs and are members of
various advisory committees.
RECEP is "a sizable challenge
for both the school system and
VCU, but the demonstration is
greatly needed," says Filler. The
Virginia Board of Education has
established September 1984 as the
target date when all handicapped
children in the state will be
entitled to a full educational op-
portunity, with "all" being inter-
preted as meaning from birth
through age 21.
From the results to date in
RECEP it appears that the pro-
gram will be an effective model;
according to Filler, "the program
met 60 percent of its year long
goals for the children in the first
three months of operation, and
new individual plans are being
designed for the youngsters."
All persons associated with the
program agree that a need is
being met. Brandon goes one step
further. She calls the program
"fantastic." "After having worked
in special education for 18 years,
it's great to see infants, who have
not been labeled, or in-
stitutionalized, being trained to
meet their maximum potentials as
VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
The Rams 1980 baseball team,
one of the leading contenders in
the Sun Belt Conference, has the
potential of winning a spot in
That is the message coming
from Coach Lou Martin and his 30
players as he continues a 62-game
schedule that will carry him well
A majority of the games against
opponents such as St. Johns (5th
in NCAA play two years ago).
East Carolina, Princeton, VPI,
UVA, James Madison and others
are being played at Parker Field.
One senior. Captain Chip Noe,
the sole long ball hitter, was lost
by graduation. All the other
players, from the 16-18 team of
last year, returned and were
strengthened by the addition of
Rusty Vernon, a transfer from
Louisburg (N.C.) Junior College,
who is showing signs of becoming
the team's long ball hitter.
At present the Rams, lacking a
consistent long ball hitter, are
displaying a sparkling offense
based on speed, quickness and
Rebounding from a mid-
January slump the men's basket-
ball team posted road wins in
New Orleans and South Florida to
wrap up January with an 11-8
record. Monty Knight continues
to lead the Rams in scoring with
17.6 points a game, and he had a
career high of 29 points in the
televised game against Georgia
State. Edmund Sherod also con-
tinues to be a high scorer with an
average of 14.7 points a game. He
also has a total of 95 assists,
which leads the Sun Belt Confer-
The best women's basketball
team to ever represent VCU had a
9-3 record in late January and
counted six straight victories. Play
during February led up to the
state tournament, February 29,
Georgia State (2)
Mercer University in Atlanta
UNC at Charlotte (2)
College of William and Mary
Old Dominion University (2)
University of Virginia
Virginia Military Institute
Lock Haven State College
Lock Haven State College
University of Richmond
East Carolina University (2)
Rhode Island University (2)
Frostburg State College
California State (PA) College
Catholic University (2)
George Mason University (2)
George Washington Uni-
Old Dominion University (2)
St. John's University (2)
St. Paul's (2)
College of William and Mary
Liberty Baptist College (2)
James Madison University (2)
University of Richmond
Catholic University (2)
Virginia Tech (2)
(VCU, Old Dominion, Norfolk
State, Virginia Wesleyan)
Liberty Baptist College (2)
University of Maryland (2)
University of Maryland (2)
SUN BELT CONFERENCE
New Orleans, LA
and because of the team's im-
provement, VCU won the respect
of every team in Virginia.
After a slow start, VCU wo-
men's swimming team pushed
their mark to 3-3 by winning two
meets in January. The squad,
small in number again this
year, has had outstanding per-
formances from Beth Pambianchi,
Renee Duplissey, Kathleen Dun-
can, and Cindy Sunier. All four
have qualified to compete in the
Division 2 Nationals, with each
one ranked in the top 10 swim-
mers on the basis of times.
The men swimmers had a 3-3
record in January and, accor-
ding to Coach Ron Tsuchiya, are
m perfect position to compete for
state and regional titles this year.
The team has had strong support
from Captain Rusty Lockhart and
Mark Jones, the leading diver.
VCU is making its first bid for
recognition as a tennis power in
the Sun Belt Conference as Coach
Bob Doeg presents two teams.
The women's squad played well
during the fall and is now ready
for top competition. And the
men's team, which organized this
year for the first time, had 30
players try out for the squad last
fall. After long and careful
scrutiny, Doeg selected eight top
players who are representing the
Rams this spring.
Coach Tommy Legge and his
wrestling squad closed the
1979-80 season with winning re-
cords in both dual and invitational
meets. "At long last," said Legge,
"the wrestlers are bringing home
championship trophies to go into
the VCU display case."
Rams Win It All in Sun Belt
The front page of the Ricliiiioiid
Times-Dispatch sports section
said it all, "Rams Claim Crown,
NCAA Spot . . ."A record-
breaking performance made
the Rams the first team nationally
to qualify for the NCAA playoffs.
They won the title game of the
Sun Belt Conference, against
the University of Alabama —
Birmingham, by 105-88.
Edmund Sherod hit 7 of 9
from the field and 8 of 10 from
the foul line, for a total of 22
points and a tournament total of
68. This earned him the Most
Valuable Player trophy and the
lead spot on the all-tournament
team which also includes Danny
Kottak, who had 22 points in the
game and a tournament total of
Four additional Rams hit double
figures in the game against UAB,
with Greg McCray and Kenny
Jones each scoring 16, and
Monty Knight and Kenny Stancell
hitting 11 points each.
Coach J. D. Barnett said the key
to winning the game was, "Our
players' moving the ball with ex-
cellent passes; our best passing
of the year. Whatever they
threw us, we were able to
handle. This was our team's
finest hour of the season."
Did \bu Know...
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
The VCU Information Services Office working with MCV Hospitals has developed a health care public
service campaign based on a series of radio announcements.
Virginia's radio stations have responded enthusiastically to the ads, with more than 80 stations giving
the announcements "air" time.
The radio campaign is unique, lively and "ear" catching.
Maybe your ears have caught the following ads.
Join us in the thrilling days of yesteryear. At a
lonely convenience store on the outskirts of town
a masked stranger walks up to the counter.
"WhatTl it be mister? Sticky buns, sweet roll?
Some taco-flavored chips?"
"Make that some peanut butter on a sliced
"Here tendergut — try some of these sugar
powdered ding-dongs — they're fresh unless of
course you don't have the stomach for it. . . . You
squashed my ding-dongs!"
"You're lucky. Those things would've done
nasty things to your body."
"Say, who was that masked outlaw?"
That was no outlaw. That was a reminder of
junk food alternatives from the Medical College of
"Hi. I'm Dr. Dwayne Wire. My new book is
Bei/ond Metabolism. In it I'll show you how obesity
is only in your body, a mere state of your physical
self that can be overlooked thru self-deceptive
techniques outlined step by step for you. . . "
"Hot dogs and grain alcohol — sounds simple,
but it works. Hi. I'm Professor Wanda Shoetrees,
and the 'Shoetrees Diet' has been rigorously
tested by 4000 conscripted Laps of the Laplander
Air Force. . . "
Fad diets make for entertaining reading. . .
But to lose weight and keep it off, work
gradually on changing your eating habits and get
regular exercise. Don't give up a balanced diet,
and don't be misled by diets which promise
immediate, drastic results. This is a message from
the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals.
It's Finger Lickin' Good!
Quick dinners, gourmet repasts
and tempting treats are served up
by the VCU Faculty Woman's
Club in a 400-page cookbook,
The cookbook has hundreds of
recipes, which are favorites of the
Faculty Woman's Club members.
Bouregs, Creme de Menthe De-
light, Crepes and other recipes
from all cultures, make up the
array of treats.
Pen and ink drawings of VCU
buildings introduce each section
of the book. The illustrations are
by Philip Johnson, a 1979 gradu-
ate of the Department of Com-
munication Arts and Design.
VCU Cooks is "finger lickin'
good" and is available from the
Alumni Activities Office.
The School of the Arts was one
of two schools profiled in a recent
publication of the Fine Arts
Commission of the National
Association of State Universities
and Land Grant Colleges.
The publication was a report on
"the state of the arts" at member
institutions and was compiled
from survey data collected from
The two representative institu-
tions, VCU and the College of
Fine and Applied Arts at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign, were profiled be-
cause they "serve the aesthetic
needs of the citizens of their states
by offering access to quality art
programs on campus, by fostering
a climate supportive of creativity,
and by bringing faculty and stu-
dent touring productions and art
exhibits to schools and com-
It's Party Time at MCV
The party, a pediatric pread-
mission program, will be offered
each Thursday afternoon from
4:15-6:00 p.m. to serve the needs
of children who are to be hos-
pitalized for elective surgery or
A walking tour of hospital
facilities, a viewing of the slide
presentation, "Angle Goes to
MCV", a play session with hospi-
tal equipment, and refreshments
will be part of the preadmission
party, which is an activity of the
MCV Hospitals Auxilary.
A Book Art Symposium
Watch The Sunset Strip's accor-
dian pleats being unfolded to
become a 27-foot photograph.
Design your own art by playing
with talcum powder on black
plastic pages, or just watch the
fun at the book art symposium
to be held April 9-11 at VCU.
The symposium will include
lectures on the historical de-
velopment of book art, "a tongue-
in-cheek revolt against high
art," and the status of con-
temporary art, an exhibition of
the James Branch Cabell Library's
book art collection and other
major collections, and a workshop
to produce a book.
A New Test
A new test that may lead to a
method of prolonging remission
in sufferers of a common killer of
young adults, acute myeloblastic
leukemia, has been developed by
scientists here and at the Univer-
sity of Toronto.
The new test has been found to
predict the terminal stage of the
disease by an average of 3.7
months in 21 patients who par-
ticipated in a study of the test at
MCVH and Toronto Western
"The test may allow enough
lead time to treat patients with
strong chemotherapy to prolong
the remission period," said Dr.
Robert N. Taub, chairman of
"The disease is among the most
deadly of cancers, with the aver-
age patient living only 13 months
from the date of diagnosis," said
The test is based on findings
that Taub and Dr. Michael Baker
of the University of Toronto made
when they were both at Mount
Sinai School of Medicine in New
York City. In 1973 the doctors
reported that the cancerous white
blood cells of patients with acute
myeloblastic leukemia have a dif-
ferent chemical coating than nor-
mal white blood cells. The new
test works by detecting the
chemical's presence in bone mar-
row through a process that makes
the cancerous cells glow bright
green when examined under a
The research has been funded
through several grants from the
National Cancer Institutes of the
United States and Canada, the
Ontario Cancer Treatment and
Research Foundation and the
Medical Research Council of
The State Department of Health
awarded the VCU Board of Visi-
tors a certificate of need for cancer
center construction. A four-floor
addition to the E.G. Williams
(North) Hospital will be built, and
adjacent areas will be renovated.
It is expected that the addition
will be completed in the summer
Masonic Order Donates
The Samis Grotto Masonic
order donated the proceeds of
their annual dinner dance to the
medical oncology cancer research
facilities. The funds will be used
to purchase an automated counter
of radioactive samples.
Since 1947, when Samis Grotto
equipped the cancer research lab-
oratory, more than $40,000 has
been donated by the organization
to purchase equipment which is
unavailable through governmen-
A New Link
VCU School of the Arts alumni
and friends are now kept apprised
of activities in the School through
a new biannual publication enti-
tled the Journal. The magazine,
first published last year, was the
idea of Arts Dean Murry DePil-
lars, who views it as an important
link between the school and its
alumni and friends.
The Journal includes informa-
tion on visiting artists, arts
alumni, faculty and developments
in the eleven departments that
comprise the School of the Arts.
Recent arricles have focused on
alumnus and illustrator Bill Nel-
son, School of the Arts founder
Theresa Pollak, English exchange
student Janet Venn, activities in
the Glassblowing Workshop and
developments in the Art Conser-
Those interested in receiving
the latest issue of the Journal
should contact the Office of the
Dean, School of the Arts, 325
North Harrison Street, Richmond,
The American Cancer Society
awarded separate "seed" money
grants to Drs. Stuart P. Alder,
assistant professor of anatomy;
and microbiology; Richard C.
Hard, Jr., associate professor of
pathology; Richard J. Krieg, Jr.,
assistant professor of anatomy;
and Johnnie R. Hayes, assistant
professor of pharmacology.
Five Faculty of the School of Arts
received fellowship grants from
the National Endowment for the
Arts. The fellowships were
awarded for art research or for the
recipient to set aside time, and
purchase materials to pursue their
craft. The five recipients were
Cathleen Pitt, instructor in fiber
and garment designs; Curtis Rip-
ley, assistant professor in
ceramics; Susan Iverson, assistant
professor in fibers; Lester Van
Winkle, assistant professor in
sculpture; and Philip Meggs,
chairman of the Department of
Communication Arts and Design.
Allen Fonoroff, chairman of the
urban studies and planning de-
partment, was selected to serve as
a member of the City of
Richmond's planning director
Dr. Robert D. Rugg, assistant
professor of urban studies, has
been appointed to the Task Force
on Pupil Transportation by the
administration of the Richmond
A new project developed by the
Center for Pubhc Affairs received
a $40,000 grant from the Depart-
ment of Housing and Urban
Development to establish a finan-
cial management technical assist-
Keith C. Wright, professor of
rehabilitation counseling, was
elected president of the Easter
Seal Society for Crippled Children
and Adults Inc. of Virginia.
Three MCV specialists are
among the first group of 20
scientists in the nation who re-
ceived certification from the
American Board of Medical Labo-
ratory Immunology of the Ameri-
can Academy of Microbiology,
since the board became active as a
certifying agency a year ago. Of
300 physicians and scientists who
applied for certification, 40 met
qualifications to take the written
and oral tests administered this
Dr. Mario R. Escobar and Dr.
Charles W. Moncure, co-directors
of the immunopathology section,
and Dr. Gilberto E. Rodriguez,
director of the pediatric allergy
and immunology division were
certified as diploma tes.
The new certification program
establishes qualifications of indi-
viduals who serve as directors of
clinical immunology laboratories.
Dr. Judith A. Brown, professor
of human genetics, was appointed
to a three-year term as secretarv'
of the American Society' of
A gold medal, the highest
honor of the American College of
Radiology, was awarded to Dr. E.
Richard King, professor of radia-
tion therapy and associate director
of planning for the MCV/ VCU
Cancer Center, for his distin-
guished service in medicine.
Vivien King Ely received the
two top a\vards for her
profession — the Distributive Edu-
cation Professional Development
Award and the Academy of Dis-
tributive Teacher Education
Award. Ely's honor was unique,
because she received both awards
in the same vear, and it is rare for
one person to win both awards in
their professional career.
Whatever Happened To.,.
/o)i Parks, cineniatographc
An Adventurer in Films
"I'm a perfectionist, almost to a
ridiculous degree. When 1 under-
take a film it is going to be the
best film ever done on that subject
within my limitations. 1 will not
let it be anything less," says Jon
T. Parks (B.F.A. communication
arts and design 1973).
Parks works for Richmond
Public Schools as a media
specialist. He was originally hired
in 1974 to make slide presenta-
tions, which he did for six
months; then he persuaded Dr.
Beatrice Clark Jones, head of
media services, to use film to try
to reach high school dropouts.
"A film production unit was set
up in what was a film library, and
it became the only in-house
school film production unit in the
nation," says Parks.
The initial campaign was a
series of 30 second television
commercials which aired on
Richmond's three local channels.
Each ad depicted a problem situa-
tion for a high school dropout and
suggested that going back to
school could help solve the prob-
"There was a good response to
the ads," says Parks. "Quite a few
dropouts called or wrote asking.
Jon Parks films a Civil War sequence in Richmond's Bryant
Park for Part 2 of the Richmond history film. Workirig loith
Jon are Charlotte, his wife, as boom operator and Gregg Rice
who does location sound.
Dr. Barbara Myatt, assistant professor of educational services, being filmed for Part 2 of the Ruiimond liiston/ ftln
A 30-second "Gft Clioosy" public scwicc announcement is filmed by Pinkf until the assistance of
'What can I do to get back in
Parks, a native of Hagerstown,
Maryland, became fascinated with
Maymont. His first "feature" film
explored this park with its Victo-
rian house, exquisite Japanese
and Italian gardens and animals.
It took Parks eight or nine
months, shooting on weekends,
to make the film, which is the
most popular film in the school
Parks says his major difficulty
in putting together a film is
writing the script since "school
films must reach the widest pos-
sible audience, and the film's
dialogue can't be over the
younger kids' heads or talk down
to adolescents or adults."
Last summer Parks wrote, di-
rected and filmed a two week
field trip by 38 students to the
"The kids, all 14 or 15 years old.
were from the inner city and most
had never been on water before,"
says Parks. "The kids slept in
tents and learned how to swim
and canoe, but they also per-
formed experiments and learned
about the natural balances of the
Parks and his wife, who did the
location sound, drove about 1,000
miles following the students who
had been divided into three
"The film originally began as a
teaching film, so that other stu-
dents and teachers and parents
could share the experience, but it
turned out to make an ecological
statement," Parks says.
The film opens with the water
of the Chesapeake Bay glimmer-
ing and reflecting shimmering im-
ages of the surrounding trees.
Birds are heard, then a guitar
solo. A narrator begins by telling
us that Japanese scientists have
ascertained that the entire world
population could feed off the blue
crab, osprey and heron located in
the bay. The scene changes to
bilge water and sewage, and a
question is asked, "Can we afford
the destruction of this resource
and its 4,000 miles of shoreline?"
As the 30-minute film progres-
,ses, one sees the students busy
with their experiments, learning
how to swim, or just having fun;
and one notices that the students
are totally unaware of the filming.
Parks believes a photographer or
cinematographer "must become
unobtrusive." Parks says, "One
must have an eye to shoot some-
thing only once. For this produc-
tion, 1 shot about four hours of
film. Normally a film production
company would have shot eight
to ten times the raw footage."
Parks also believes that a good
cinematographer is "one who
works within limitations and still
brings back dynamic footage."
His idea of good footage is to
present something simply.
The film with its travelogue
appearance is nothing like the
ordinary school documentary,
and Morton Thalhimer, president
of Neighborhood Theaters Inc.,
after seeing the finished film,
donated the Westhampton Thea-
ter for the film's premiere.
Parks' ability to write, direct
and film an imaginative documen-
tary was put to the test when he
decided to do a film on
Richmond's history. He began
writing script for the 40-minute
film when he "discovered that no
one else had taken the time to
make a film about Richmond."
This film, "Richmond 1607-1850",
premiered at the Virginia Electric
and Power Company as part of
Richmond's 1979 June Jubilee
The film also opens with a view
of water — the James River which
shaped Richmond's history. Over
two years ago. Parks with two
friends rowed down the James in
a rubber raft filled with camera
equipment and a handmade
cross. Parks says, "We found a
grassy knoll in the middle of the
river which looked like it might
have in 1607. I'd whittled a cross
from two-by-fours and carved
f/if F 6- M Center in Richniuiid, shooting an cncrg\/ LonsenHition spjot for the City
'Jacobus Rex' on it. Then I filmed
the two guys holding the cross
and pounding it into the ground."
Parks' budget for the film was
very "flexible", and he worked
weekends to complete the pro-
duction. Parks notes that if he ran
out of money he just waited until
the next year to shoot more
Parks used many Richmond
resources including his wife,
Charlotte (B.F.A., fashion art
'71') who did most of the sound
work; Dr. Lynn Sims, director of
the Richmond Bicentennial Com-
mission, and local actors. He also
took advantage of re-enactments
staged for public audiences. He
and his crew filmed the Patrick
Henry "Give me liberty or give
me death" speech at St. John's
Church in Richmond and the First
Virginia Regiment of the Conti-
nental Line in Yorktown. They
also filmed at Jamestown, the
John Marshall house and area
Parks recently had the oppor-
tunity to work for the City of
Richmond by filming two ads —
one at a Richmond home, the
other at the F & M Center — on
For the schools, he is currently
working on three ads for the
"Follow Through" program, with
Ron Robertson, media specialist
for the program.
Additionally, he has been hired
to produce a one-hour film based
on Richmond lifestyles over the
last 200 years. This film, spon-
sored by a local corporation as a
gift to Richmond, is the official
film for the 1980 Richmond Bicen-
Parks has not only received
local recognition for his work, but
his most recent publicity cam-
paign won an award at the 20th
American Film Festival in New
York City, sponsored by the
Education Film Library Associa-
Parks believes Richmond has
much to offer the filmmaker and
Richmond talent is "as good or
better than talent located in New
York City or Los Angeles."
He wants to continue in film
production and says, "I live to
make film, I don't want to forget
about them when I go home. . . .
And my wife is fantastic, she feels
the same things. To do films is an
adventure for us."
Artist Nell Walden Blaine's (fine arts
'42) landscapes and still lifes were exhi-
bited at the Hull Gallery in Washing-
ton, D. C.
Henry C. Boschen, Jr., (B. S. dis-
tributive education '50) received a Mas-
ter of Divinity from Southeastern Bap-
tist Theological Seminary, Wake
Forest, and has become the pastor of
Kelford Baptist Church in Kelford,
Robert F. Lindholm (B.S. social
sciences — psychology '50) has been
elected president of The Genesis Soci-
ety Inc., a Washington, D. C. based
organization whose purpose is the
promotion and distribution of the Neic
Media Bible. The media Bible is an inter-
national and inter-faith cooperative
project to film the Bible. When com-
pleted the media Bible will include
more than 400 volumes; each volume
containing a 20-minute film, film strips
and supportive materials. Lindholm
and his wife, Lois Gustkey (B.A. fine
arts '55) live in Clifton, Virginia.
C. Lynn Weakley, Jr. (advertising '53)
was elected secretary-treasurer of the
Virginia Association of Personnel Con-
sultants for 1980.
The Georgetown University School
of Dentistry granted tenure to Roy H.
Jones (D.D.S. '55) as an assistant pro-
fessor of fixed prosthodontics.
James W. Stone (B.S. business '55) is
the N'ice-president of the International
Armament Corporation in Alexandria.
John W. Inman (B.S. accounting '56)
was named \ice-president of the Vir-
ginia Societv of Certified Public Ac-
Rosemary F. Schellenberg (M.D.
'56) has been named to the board of
directors of Competent Care Inc. in
Jean L. Harris (M.D. '55; resident
medicine '57), the Virginia secretary of
human resources, was selected news-
maker of the year by the Virginia Press
The administrator of General Hospi-
tal of Virginia Beach, W. Earl Willis
(M.H.A. '57) has been elected to a
three-year term as delegate to the
American Hospital Association by the
Virginia Hospital Association.
Ashlin W. Smith (M.F.A. '60) had
her paintings exhibited at Sweet Briar
Thomas E. Butt (D.D.S. '61) has been
working with a chemist to develop
compounds, in addition to flouride,
that will help protect the teeth and
gums. The new product(s) will have an
organic base and, in addition to har-
dening teeth and removing plaque, will
reduce tooth sensitivity to sweets and
hot and cold foods.
James H. Caldwell, Jr. (M.H.A. '61)
has assumed the position of regional
director of Region Four, for the Vet-
erans Administration, Department of
Medicine and Surgery. The region in-
cludes all VA medical centers and out-
patient clinics in Ohio, Michigan, Il-
linois, Indiana, Missouri and Wiscon-
Thomas C. Michael (M.S. rehabilita-
tion counseling '63) is the president-
elect of the Virginia Rehabilitation
G. Stuart Switzer (business '63) was
promoted to president of Daystrom
Furniture, South Boston, Virginia.
Carlton C. Collier (B.F.A. '65) is the
communication coordinator for
graphics and public relations at May-
mont Park in Richmond, and he had
three items selected for the Virginia
Museum's 1980 Designers Show.
William T. Coppage (M.S. rehabili-
tation counseling '65) is the president-
elect of the American Association of
Workers for the Blind.
Karen R. Miller (B.S. English educa-
tion '65) is public relations secretary
and executive assistant to the philan-
thropic Minneapolis millionaire Percy
Ross, known primarily for his generous
dispensing of silver dollars to stran-
gers. Miller is responsible for imple-
menting Ross' "Sharing is Caring"
philosophy, which is part of his plan tc
"go out of the world the same way ht
came in . . . penniless."
The Southern Bank has promoted
David O. Holman (B.S. psychology
'66) to a regional vice-president.
Charles P. Joyce (B.S. advertising
'66) has been appointed a registered
representative of Branch, Cabell &
Company in their Waynesboro office.
The National Rehabilitation Coun-
selor Association presented Edward
M. Navis (M.S. rehabilitation coun-
seling '66) with a citation for "devoted
and meritorious service to the handi-
capped in the profession of rehabilita-
Lee F. Sayre (M.H.A. '66) is the area
director for the Carolinas Hospital and
Health Services Inc. in Columbia,
Bob L. Lindsey (B.S. journalism '67)
has been named executive editor of the
Martinsville Bulletin, Martinsville, Vir-
A "Birdwood" room was designed
by Carolyn Copper Meador (B.F.A.
interior design '67). She designed and
set in place the furnishings for a gen-
tleman's retreat in the 19th century
Charlottesville home for a designer's
Both John T. Witt (M.F.A. '67) and
his wife, Nancy Camden Witt (M.F.A.
'67) had their paintings, sculpture and
graphics exhibited at the Virginia Mili-
tary Institute in memory of Col. Her-
bert Nash Dillard, Jr., one-time V.M.I.
Gordon H. Allison, Jr. (B.S. math
education '68) was appointed adminis-
trator of Broadcast Audio Products for
RCA Broadcast Systems.
Ronald J. Perlman (B.S. business
education '68) has become the director
of the Virginia Water Control Board's
Bureau of Administration and Finance.
Blue Cross-Blue Shield of North
Carolina has promoted Conway H.
Spiers (B.S. accounting '68) to senior
vice-president of finance.
Even if you failed to buy a class
ring as a student, you can now
order one. Rings for both men
and women are available in a wide
variety of styles. For more infor-
mation and a price list, write for a
ring order kit and please, specify
whether the ring is for a man or a
For a ring order kit-price list,
please write: Alumni Activities
Office, Virginia Commonwealth
University, Richmond, Virginia
Brenda Lee Heysek (B.S. accounting
'69) completed the LaSalle Correspon-
dence Course of computer pro-
gramming, participated in manage-
ment training courses, enjoyed taking
modeling courses, "even judged a
beauty contest for little girls," and took
dancing courses and currently sings in
her church choir.
A. H. Robins Company has pro-
moted David E. Jones (B.S. pharmacy
'66, M.S. business '69) to manager of
planning and business development.
Cynthia Vassar Matthews (B.F.A.
communication arts and design '69) has
joined Northrop Services Inc., En-
vironmental Sciences in Research Park
Triangle, North Carolina as a graphics
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Telephone: (804) 257-1228
Important Note: If this magazine
is addressed to an alumnus who
no longer lives at the address
printed on the address label,
please advise us so that we can
correct our records. If you know
the person's correct address, we
would appreciate that informa-
tion. Also, if a husband and wife
are receiving more than one copy
of the magazine, we would like
to know so that we can eliminate
duplicate mailings. But in order
to correct our records we must
know the names of both indi-
viduals. And please, indicate
maiden name when appropriate.
Robert W. Maupin (B.F.A. com-
munication arts and design '69) works
as an advertising sales representative
for the Wilson, North Carolina news-
Central Fidelity Bank has promoted
James R. Rowe (B.S. accounting '69) to
The Southern Bank has promoted
Robert S. Wait (B.S. business adminis-
tration '69) to senior vice-president.
Stephen L. Guinn (B.S. psychology
'70) has joined Psychological Service of
Pittsburgh as a consulting psycholo-
The new job placement counselor for
the Powhatan County Vocational
Center is Ann Turner Chapin (M.Ed,
guidance and counseling '71).
Stephen W. Maxey (B.S. manage-
ment '71) recently received a M.S. in
Real Estate and Urban Land Develop-
ment from V.C.U. Maxey is employed
by the Virginia Corporation Commis-
sion and is an examiner in the Division
of Security and Retail Franchising.
Charlotte Ennis Parks (B.F.A. fash-
ion art '71) designs soft sculpture and
hand illustrated children's toys, which
are sold exclusively in Richmond and
Baltimore. In addition, she works as a
location soundperson and production
photographer for her husband.
John B. Wade III (M.S. rehabilitation
counseling '71) was the recipient of the
Virginia Rehabilitation Association's
R. N. Anderson award "in recognition
of meritorious service to the disabled of
Ida Darby Shackelford Wootten
(B.S. journalism '71) has become the
director of public information at Occi-
dental College in Los Angeles, Califor-
The Virginia Rehabilitation Asso-
ciation's Counselor of the Year Award
for 1979 was presented to Janet Wosch
Davies (M.S. rehabilitation counseling
'72). Davies is a counselor for the deaf
and hard of hearing in Richmond and is
employed by the Virginia Department
of Rehabilitative Services.
WBRA-TV, Roanoke, produced a
one-half hour special, "Time, Talent
and Treasures," on Paul R. Munson
(M.F.A. sculpture '72), During the last
year, Munson's work was represented
in Art Voices I South, and he received a
National Endowment for the Arts Art-
ist Fellowship for sculpture.
Susan Phillips Rawlins (B.S. phar-
macy '72) was named the director of
pharmacy at Port Colborne General
Hosptial, Port Colborne, Ontario.
Errett H. Callahan, Jr. (M.F.A.
painting and printmaking '73) directed
an International Seminar on Lithic
Technology at the Lejre Historical-
Archaeological Research Center in
Denmark. He will move to Denmark in
August 1980 to conduct further interna-
tional seminars on experimental ar-
chaeology and serve as a consultant on
lithic technology to experimental re-
search centers throughout Europe.
Hugh J. Davis (M.H.A. '73) is the
vice-president of St. Luke's Medical
Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Bethlehem Steel Corporation has
promoted Gerald C. Dziedzic (B.S.
mathematics '73) to assistant chief
draftsman in the Richmond reinforcing
bar engineering and bar fabricating
Governor John Dalton has appointed
Wilda M. Ferguson (M.S.W. '73) to
head the state Office on Aging.
Joseph C. Gregorek (Ph.D anatomy
'73) has been appointed an associate
professor of anatomy at the College of
Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.
Susan T. Vignola (M.S.W. '73) was
awarded licenses as a social worker and
a clinical social worker in the Com-
monwealth of Virginia.
"See How They Run", an Averett
Players' production, was directed by
Jerry G. Wyatt (M.F.A dramatic art
'73). Wyatt is an English-theater in-
structor at the Dan River High School.
The pastels of Clark R. Barrett
(B.F.A. art education '74) were on dis-
play at Ghent Galleries in Norfolk. His
pastels are of Australian landscapes
using an unpolished, brightly-hued
technique. Barrett gets his inspirations
for his art from the Outback country
where he teaches school.
Sculptor Joanne B. Fridley (B.F.A.
sculpture '74) was featured in the 1708
East Main alternative space art gallery
Wheat, First Securities has promoted
Susan V. Fore (commercial art '75) to
assistant vice-president of the adver-
tising and public relations department.
Jane Gouldin Gracik (B.S account-
ing '75) is'accounting manager with
Realty Industries in Richmond.
Steven P. Roadcap (B.S. administra-
tion of justice and public safety '75)
graduated from the Marshall-Wythe
School of Law, College of William and
Mary, and opened a private law prac-
The only American in the Sixth In-
ternational Competition of Musical
Performance in Vina del Mar, Chile,
Linda G. Wall (music-voice '75) won
first prize. In addition, she was chosen
by Leonard Bernstein to give a premier
peicformance of a song he composed in
memory of his teacher, Madame Renee
Longy. Wall is currently a soprano stu-
dent at The Juilliard School and is also
enrolled in the American Opera
Ralph W. Carlile (B.S. physics '76) is
currently a weapon systems engineer
for Comptek Research Inc.
Jerry S. Durkowski (D.D.S. '76) was
selected for two years of post graduate
training in operative dentistry at the
National Naval Dental Center in
Marlene Smith Howlett (M.S.
nursing '76) program head and assis-
tant professor of nursing at John Tyler
Community College was a guest
speaker at the annual convention of the
Virgin Islands Nurses' Association.
Her topic was "Today's Education —
Ted L. Robinson (B.S. chemistry '76)
has accepted a chemist position with
Centec Analytical Services Inc., Salem.
John F. Sierzega (B.S. administra-
tion of justice and public safety '76) has
become the branch manager of Signal
Financial Corporation, which is a sub-
sidiary of Philadelphia National Bank.
Michael B. Pike (B.S. chemistry '76)
has entered the master of chemical en-
gineering program at the University of
John R. Riley, Jr. (M.U.R.P. '77) has
become the director of planning and
development for Frederick County,
Joseph Barden, Jr. (B.S. business
education '78) is the liaison officer for
Florida A & M University.
Karen M. Chittenden (B. FA. art his-
tory '78) is working on an archaeologi-
cal excavation near Chapel Hill, North
After a short tour in Georgia attend-
ing the Officer Basic Signal School,
Douglas S. Ellis (B.F.A. communica-
tion arts and design '78) returned to
Richmond to work at Philip-Morris
USA. Ellis is currently working in the
Graphic Arts and Photography De-
partment and also holds a position as
executive officer in the U.S. Army
Support Group at Fort Lee.
Wendy Anderson Gentry (B.F.A. in-
terior design '78) opened a monogram
shop. Personally Yours, in Richmond.
Auvo I. Kemppinen (MBA. '78)
and Ann Maddux Kemppinen (M.B.A.
'78) are currently residing in St. Louis,
Missouri. Kemppinen is employed as
manager of Mechanical Metallurgy at
Consolidated Aluminum and his wife
is employed with the U.S. Army Troop
Support and Aviation Materiel Readi-
ness Command as an operations re-
Margaret A. Wilson (M.S. occupa-
tional therapy '78) is working as a staff
occupational therapist at Arlington
Hospital and has initiated and de-
veloped a program for treating children
with learning disabilities.
Randy D. Barrack (M. Ed. adminis-
tration and supervision '79) is the prin-
cipal of Highland High School in
Monterey, Virginia, and is currently
executive director of the Virginia Asso-
ciation of Secondary School Principals.
The Richmond Federated Arts
Council has named Phyllis J. De-
Maurizi (B.S. biology '79) program di-
Phillip E. Dickinson (B.F.A. interior
design '79) is doing display work and
accessory buying for Rhodes Inc., fur-
niture store, Charleston, South
Virginia C. Hayes (B.S. French edu-
cation '79) completed flight attendant
training in Honolulu for Pan American
World Airways and is now based in
New York City as an attendant for Pan
James K. Johnson (D.D.S. '79) has
opened a private dental practice in
Thomas M. LaTouche (D.D.S. '79)
opened a practice for family dentistry
in Elkton, Virginia.
The Indianapolis Regional Office of
Aetna Insurance has promoted
Michael H. Wallace (M.S. business '79)
to regional underwriting manager.
Eamonn P. McEvilly (M.S. rehabili-
tation counseling '79) was the recipient
of the Virginia Rehabilitation Asso-
ciation's A. Ray Dawson Award for
1979 for "excelling in service to the
disabled in the rehabilitation process."
McEvilly is a rehabilitation counselor in
VCV Cooks, a delectable
cookbook, has been published
by the VCU Faculty Woman's
The 400-page cookbook has
hundreds of recipes from all
cultures anci is illustrated with
pen and ink drawings of cam-
The cookbook has a glossy
cover and will lay flat when
VCU Cooks is available for
$8.00 plus $1.00 mailing
through the Alumni Activities
Alumni Activities Office
Richmond. Virginia 23284
Please make checks payable
to VCU Cooks.
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of VCU Cooks @ $9.00 each.
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For 200 years Richmond has been the capital of Virginia and a
central place for events that have shaped America's history. In
Richmond's bicentennial year, VCU offers you, as alumni and
friends of the university, a summer vacation course to study the past.
American history may be viewed as an unfinished tapestry, with
the foundation threads set in Virginia, home of revolutionary
leaders, birthplace of presidents and capital of the Confederacy.
During the week of June 8-14, Heritage University, a program
sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, the Division of
Continuing Studies and Public Services and the Alumni Activities
Office, will provide educational and cultural activities, relating to
Virginia's role in the birth of this nation. You will travel from the
America of 1607, through the Revolution, the strife of the War
Between the States, and into the twentieth century. Professors of
history and literature will be your guide through history, and then
lead tours to places of historical significance, such as Williamsburg,
Jamestown, Charlottesville, and Appomattox.
The program, to be held at the university, will also provide
optional workshops on topics such as Colonial drama, Edgar Allan
Poe, art history, architecture, and American humor and popular
In addition, events will include cocktail parties and evening
outings to an open-air concert in Dogwood Dell and to Shockoe Slip,
an area of converted warehouses that has taken on new life as a
center for restaurants, antique shops, art galleries and boutiques.
The cost, $ 1 85 per person including lodging and $ 1 45 per person
without lodging, includes instruction, travel, supplies, fees, and
three meals a day from Sunday dinner to Saturday breakfast. A $75
deposit is payable on registration, with partial refunds available until
May 15 on written request.
Enrollment in the program is limited, so register early. For
additional information on Heritage University contact Dr. David W.
Hartman, School of Arts and Sciences, VCU, Richmond 23284, or
telephone (804) 257-1673.
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Let the historic English countryside be the setting for
your springtime adventure. Join VCU Alumni and
friends during the May 14-22 tour of Great Britain. This
trip offers you the option of staying in Stratford-upon-
Avon, having a private rental car with unlimited mileage
at your disposal and creating your own itinerary, or
traveling throughout England and Wales on a fully
guided motorcoach tour. If lodging in Stratford, you will
be within easy driving distance of London, Oxford and
Wales. If traveling with the bus tour, your stops will
include London, Stratford, Oxford and other historic
towns to provide you with a good overview of England
and Wales. Each tour includes roundtrip airfare from
Dulles International Airport, hotel accommodations and
a daily breakfast and dinner. The price is $1,025 per
person if traveling by car and $1,099 per person for the
bus tour. Each price is based on double occupancy, and
prices and dates are subject to change.
As summer begins, join those traveling with VCU on a
tour of Lisbon, the economic, cultural and political center
of Portugal. The old and the new complement each other
in this bustling, water-front city, and you will have a full
week in which to get to know Lisbon and its people and
customs. Your tour leaves from Dulles International
Airport and includes round-trip jet transportation, hotel
accommodations, a daily breakfast and exciting, low-cost
Watch for information on up-coming tours to Ireland
and Bavaria (includes the Passion Play).
For additional information, please contact the Alumni
Activities Office, Virginia Commonwealth University,
Richmond, Virginia 23284, or telephone (804) 257-1228.
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Richmond, Virginia 23284
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